Certificate in Viticulture & Winemaking Bundle
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This exciting viticulture and winemaking bundle will give you the unique opportunity to gain skills and knowledge of the production of wine from growing the first grape through to a finished bottle of wine.  Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or want to change careers this course is suitable for you and requires no prior experience.

In part 1 you will learn the practical skills of viticulture – the art of growing grapes.  From selecting suitable grape varieties to the culture of and care of established vines as well as harvest and post-harvest care and more.

In part 2 you will step into the world of oenology – the art of making wines.  Learn to make different types of wine, assess and analyse wine quality, investigate the chemistry and microorganisms involved in wine processing, and oversee the entire


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What do our students say?

A. Maddox
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I am so happy I signed for the Viticutlure course, it’s something I have always wanted to do and career line courses have been amazing , it’s very easy to do in my own time and the content is fantastic better than I had hoped. My instructors are very helpful and always available if I have questions. I cannot wait to finish this.
G. Campbell
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it was very valuable learning experience and I learnt a lot. The course material contained the basics but then in order to complete the assignments a lot of extra reading and research was done which helped to broaden my understanding. It [also] covered many different topics relating to viticulture.
M. Good
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The course allowed me to complete it at my own pace. I had to extend a few times as life is busy with working and a young family. A big thankyou to Barbara Tremain for the feedback and grading my assignments over the last couple of years.

The Plan for Getting You Growing, Nuturing, Harvesting Your Grapes and Understanding the Winemaking Process so you can Be the Best!

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1. Learn all you need to know about Viticulture

In this stage of the course, you will be focusing on the growing, care and harvesting of the vineyard and its produce.  Over 9 modules you will learn the basics, a bit about soil science (so important!) to pick and identify the best grape species for your area, establishing a vineyard and what to do when you have purchased an established vineyard, a lot about plant culture specific to grape vines (think plant health), how to get the most out of your vineyard and improving your grape quality, and finally how to harvest your produce and sell it!  Select Viticulture below to read a detailed outline.

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2. Learn all about the Science of Winemaking

In part 2 you will start with the basics (no prior knowledge needed) and then dive into fermentation and how wine is actually made, what affects grape quality and sensory science followed by an in-depth look at white and sparkling wines, then red and rose wines.  You will then learn about making spirts as well and the final module will examine the best methodology for storing and aging of wines.  Select Winemaking below to read a detailed outline.

Lesson Outlines

When you enrol, we create an account for you in our online learning portal.  There you will be able to access all your course materials, upload assignments, receive feedback and more.  Select the courses below to see detailed course outlines.

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There are 10 lessons in this course:

1. Introduction

  • Nature and scope of the viticulture industry both locally and world wide
  • Global viticulture
  • Major winegrowing areas around the world
  • The grape; genera and species
  • Rootstocks
  • Classification of grape varieties
  • Table grapes
  • Wine grapes
  • Dried fruit
  • Juice grapes
  • Canned grapes

2. Climate and Soils

  • Suitable climate and soil conditions for vineyard site establishment
  • Temperature; temperature calculations; latitude-temperature index and degree days
  • Sunlight
  • Rainfall
  • Soil; soil types and wine regions; understanding soils; texture; characteristics; soil structure; chemical characteristics of soils including pH and nutrient levels
  • Understanding plant nutrition
  • Soil water content
  • Simple soil tests; naming the soil
  • Problems with soil; erosion; salinity; structural decline; soil acidification; chemical residues

3. Selecting Grape Varieties

  • Appropriate grape varieties for different situations.
  • Grape types
  • Selection considerations
  • Matching the variety with the site
  • Varietal characteristics
  • Selecting wine grapes
  • Yield
  • Reviewing important varieties; chenin blanc; chardonnay; semillion; muscat ottonel; muscadelle; gewurztraminer; cabernet sauvignon; carignan
  • Vitis rotundifolia
  • Wine grapes; raisin grapes; juice grapes
  • Importance of rootstocks
  • Purchasing plants
  • Phylloxera

4. Vineyard Establishment

  • Procedure to establish a vineyard
  • Vineyard planning
  • Site planning
  • Vineyard layout
  • Site preparation
  • Planting the vines
  • Vine spacing
  • Shelter belts
  • Crop infrastructure
  • Equipment

5. Grapevine Culture Part A (Training & Pruning)

  • Techniques used in the culture of grape vines
  • Pruning and training vines
  • Shoot spacing
  • Bud numbers
  • Vine spacing
  • How much to prune
  • Machine pruning
  • Summer pruning
  • Combination pruning
  • Pruning sultana vines
  • Trellising
  • Trellis construction
  • Guyot system
  • Geneva double curtain system
  • Head training
  • Cordoning
  • Kniffen systems
  • Umbrella kniffen system
  • Pergola training system

6. Grapevine Culture Part B (Weeds, Pests & Diseases)

  • Types of weeds
  • Controlling weeds
  • Safety procedures when using agricultural chemicals
  • Laws and guidelines
  • Types of chemicals
  • Weed management before planting
  • Weed management in new vineyards
  • Weed management in established vineyards
  • Integrated pest management
  • Pest control in vineyards
  • Grape berry moth
  • Grape mealy bug
  • Grape leaffolder
  • Grapevine rust mite
  • Grape blossom midge
  • Flea beetles
  • Birds and arge animals
  • Disease control in vineyards
  • Fungal diseases; rots; mildew; eutypa dieback etc
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Viruses
  • Organic culture of grapes; organic pest and disease control
  • Companion plants
  • Managing environmental problems including air, water, damage, frost, hail, wind and shade
  • Water management; runoff; water saving
  • Grape clones and varieties

7. Grapevine Culture Part C (Irrigation & Feeding)

  • Irrigating and feeding grapes
  • Excessive irrigation
  • Seasonal effects of irrigation
  • Drip irrigation
  • Monitoring and timing
  • Feasibility of irrigation
  • Design considerations
  • Soil and water
  • Measuring water available to plants
  • Calculating permanent wilting point
  • Calculating field capacity of a vineyard
  • Available moisture range
  • Measuring air filled porosity
  • Tensiometer
  • Estimating water
  • Rate of growth
  • Climate
  • Drainage in vineyards; improving subsoil and surface drainage; subsurface drainage
  • Soil fertility; choice of fertilizer; timing of application; fertigation

8. Improving Grape Quality

  • Ways to ensure or improve grape quality.
  • Plant stock
  • Crop management
  • Post harvest impact on quality
  • Improving flower and fruit set
  • Second set
  • Girdling
  • Berry thinning

9. Harvesting & Selling

  • Procedure for harvest and post-harvest treatment
  • Harvesting
  • Testing for ripeness
  • Influence of weather
  • Harvesting techniques
  • Selling grapes
  • Vineyard resume
  • Selling grapes
  • Marketing contracts
  • Selling online
  • Developing a marketing plan
  • Advertising
  • Market research
  • Legal considerations with marketing

10. Wine

  • Basic principles of wine making
  • Overview of winemaking process
  • Production principles
  • Fermentation
  • Making white wine
  • Making red wine
  • Methods
There are 10 lessons in this course:

1. Scope and Nature of Oenology

  • Introduction
  • Global Wine Production
  • Global Wine Consumption
  • What Is Involved in Winemaking
  • Wine Making Terminology
  • Testing, Tasting and Monitoring
  • What Can Go Wrong In Winemaking
  • Alcohol And Health

2. Fermentation Science

  • Fermentation
  • Carbohydrates
  • Microbiology
  • Enzymes
  • Quality control
  • Malolactic fermentation
  • Secondary fermentation

3. The Winemaking Process

  • Outline of the winemaking process
  • Clarification and Stabilization
  • Preservation
  • Methods to determine sugar and Sulfur dioxide levels

4. Factors affecting Grape Characteristics

  • Fruit characteristics affecting wine
  • Fermentation preparation
  • Effects of yeasts in winemaking
  • Managing yeasts
  • Methods to determine alcohol content, chemical and microbial stability
  • Determine pH
  • Inoculum of yeast

5. Wine Classification

  • Types of wines
  • Selecting wine grapes
  • Varieties

6. Sensory Science & Evaluation

  • Wine sensory science
  • Determine consumer preference
  • Types of senses
  • Wine evaluation
  • Wine food interaction

7. Production of White Wine and Sparkling Wines

  • Harvesting Grapes
  • Crushing the Grapes
  • Managing the Must
  • Sparkling Wines
  • The Champenois Method

8. Production of Red Wines and Rosé Wines

  • Harvesting and Crushing for Reds
  • Fermentation
  • Extracting Colour
  • Thermovinification
  • Getting a Wood Flavour

9. Production of Spirits

  • Introduction to Distillation
  • Classification of Spirits
  • Spirit Groups
  • Liquors and Liquor Groups
  • Aperitifs
  • Sherry and Types of Sherry
  • Vermouth
  • Port and Types of Port

10. Storage and Aging of Wines

  • Different Storage Methods
  • Maturation
  • Causes of Spoilage
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Certificate 1: Viticulture

Learn to establish, manage and harvest, new and existing vineyards.

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Certificate 2: Wine Making

Get your skills and knowledge about winemaking.

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